Milijaš stripped of captaincy
The Serbian has bee a pivotal figure for Red Star in the past
The first piece of big news has come out of Red Star Belgrade since their appointment of their new caretaker manager, Robert Prosine?ki. It has been confirmed by a statement issued by the club earlier today, that their captain, Nenad Milijaš, has not only been stripped of his captaincy role
, but also has been placed on the transfer market
. This comes as a great shock to Red Star fans, who’d had grown to love the Serbian central midfielder, who was currently in his second spell at the club.
Milijaš started his career at FK Zemun
, a Serbian First League side, where he quickly broke into the first team, at the age of only 17. He soon became a vital player for the club over the next few seasons, and he was a key figure in their promotion, and their stay in the top flight. In the 05/06 season, he was excelling again, and had scored 8 times by Christmas from the center of the park. This attracted the attention of the biggest club in the country, Red Star Belgrade
, who signed him in January 2006. The now 23 year old won the Superliga and the Serbian Cup in his first season, and was playing well in his first season at the club. His second season was less successful, as while the club still won those two competition for the 2nd year in a row, Milijaš’ playing time was severely limited.
However, under the guidance of new manager Boško Djurovski
, he became a regular main stay in the Red Star first 11, and soon became a key figure to the club, not only pulling the strings in midfield, but his overall play added a new dimension to the club’s attack, and due to his impressive work rate, their defense. His personal best season came in the 08/09 campaign, where he scored an outstanding 16 goals (22 in all competitions), and he was the top scorer in the Serbian league, despite playing as a central midfielder. In that season, he won the league’s Most Valuable Player
award, was part of the all-star team, was named the Superliga Player of the Year, and even broke into the national team. These outstanding performances were not to go unnoticed, as in the 2009 summer transfer window, he completed a £2.6M move to newly promoted Premier League side, Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Milijaš’ time at Wolves was rocky to say the least. His first offical game for the club was a match against West Ham, and despite Wolves losing 2-0, he was named the Man of the Match. He had an in and out spell in the first team for the next two seasons, making 19 and 23 appearances respectively, only scoring 2 goals in each campaign. He did feature however in their last game of the season, in a victory against Aston Villa, which narrowly kept the club in the top flight for another season. Unfortunately, the following season, they weren’t so lucky, as the club were relegated, and Milijaš barely featured after January under caretaker manager, Terry Connor
. Milijaš didn’t want to play in the Championship and wanted first team football, and therefore, he mutually terminated his contract with Wolves. This allowed him to re-sign with Red Star, at the beginning of their 2012/13 season, in which he played a crucial part in their year, but he was unable to help the club break Partian’s run as the league winners.
His placement on the transfer list has caused some uproar with the fans, with many furious that a club icon could be treated this way by the new manager. However, some fans agree with Robert Prosine?ki’s decision, and cited his age and high wage as suitable reasons for this. Red Star will be trying to offload him as soon as possible however, to get in some much needed transfer funds. For more news about Milijaš, Red Star, or the Serbian League in general, remember to keep following.